Kerwin Crayton Foster


Assistant Professor
701 W. Grace St., 2201


Ph.D Physics ( Condensed Matter Theory), Florida State University, 2002,
Dissertation: Predictions of a Superconducting Model of the  V =5/2 Fractional Quantum Hall State
Advisor: Prof. Nicholas E. Bonesteeel

M.S. Physics ( Condensed Matter Theory ), Pennsylvania State University, May 1999,
Thesis: Dynamic Relaxation of Surface Tension near the Critical Point
Advisor: Prof. Jayanth R. Banavar

M.Div. Biblical Studies ( Missions Sociology, Sociolinguistics of Biblical Translation ), 1993,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Advisor: Prof. Aida Bescancon Spencer

Ph.D. Chemistry ( Physical Chemistry ), University of North Carolina, 1990,
Dissertation: Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Water between Platinum Walls
Advisor: Prof. Max L. Berkowitz

M.S. Meteorology ( Cloud Physics ), University of Wisconsin, 1986,
Thesis: A Theoretical Determination of the Scavenging Coefficient of Submicron Particles by Fog
Advisor: Prof. Pao-Kuan Wang

B.S. Engineering ( Mechanical Engineering ), Cornell University, 1983,


I have undertaken research in a wide variety of areas. My early work studied the microphysics of cloud droplets and the structure of ionic aqueous solutions at interfaces. In the late 1990s I researched the kinetics of relaxation of fluid properties near the critical point. More recently I’ve investigated models of unique fractional-quantum hall states and quantum dots.


Assistant Professor of Physics, Jan ‘06 – Jun ‘13
Location: Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Physics, Aug ‘02 – Oct ‘05
Location: Division of Natural Sciences, Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Jun ’93-Aug ‘95
Project: Rural Secondary Education in Tanzania
Location: Mtwara Girls’ Secondary School, Mtwara, Tanzania,


  • Kerwin C. Foster, N.E. Bonesteel and Steven H. Simon, “Conductivity of Paired Composite Fermions”, Physical Review Letters, 91, 046804 (Issue No. 4, July 19-25) (2003).
  • K. Raghavan, K. Foster, K. Motakkabir and M. Berkowitz, “Structure and Dynamics of Water at the Pt(111) Interface: Molecular Dynamics Study”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 94, 2110-2117 (1991).
  • M. Rami Reddy, K. Foster and M. Berkowitz, “Structure and Dynamics of Water between Segments of Parallel DNA Molecules”, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 41, 181-192 (1989).
  • K. Foster, K. Raghavan and M. Berkowitz, “A Molecular Dynamics Study of the Effect of Temperature on the Structure and Dynamics of Water between Platinum Walls”, Chemical Physics Letters, 162, 32 (1989).


  • Leslie N. Wilson Graduate Assistantship, August 2000 – May 2001 and August 2001 – May 2002, Physics Department, Florida State University
  • Graduate Teaching Award, May 1996, Physics Department, Pennsylvania State University
  • Department of Education Fellowship, August 1988, Chemistry Department, University of North Carolina
  • Graduate Teaching Award, May 1986, Chemistry Department, University of North Carolina

Dr. Foster’s CV